Tuesday Tunes – Poetry Through Music, #20, 2016


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[Inspired by Dmitry Evgrafov’s “Sway”:]

The Black Dog’s infamy proceeds it,

but tonight’s arrival was unannounced.

Hot breath panting in her face;

heavy weight pressing on her chest.

Tail swooshing at a funny angle,

banging relentless against her temple:


Problem was, too, Black Dog’s companion

canine, Insomnia, bouncing around

her head; on and off the bed.

Crowded, the room, with both of them

at her like that.  Needed air, space

to breathe free, spread her arms

and reconnect with the meaning of “to be”,

if not it all: the whole, big, crazy question

of how to live before we’re dead.

[Copyright © N R Nolan 2016]